Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Kathe says

    My 6.5 month old daughter had a fixed bedtime of 8pm with her last nap ending between 445-515. She would wake for the day around 8am
    I need to move her towards a 730pm bedtime. I started waking her early 745,730,715. Now she’s waking before 645am and went from 3 naps (1) 1.25 hr (2) 30 min; now she needs 4 naps again!
    Yes she is teething
    My fear is the earlier bedtime vs a later 4th nap
    Biologically- 830 was her innate bedtime and I’ve gradually been working towards it being 730.
    She is NOT an adaptive child.
    To go from 3 naps back to 4???

    Suddenly she started waking

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Kathe, thank you for stopping by the Baby Sleep Site! I am sorry you are experiencing issues with your daughter’s early wakings. It does sound like the shift in schedule may have changed too much for her and she isn’t adjusting too well yet. We generally wouldn’t consider anything after 6 pm early, but since you mentioned she tends to be a late riser, that is quite early.
      For your reference, just so you can see the nap timings and things, here is a link to a sample schedule for a 6 month old and so you can make sure she gets all the sleep she needs in a 24 hour period:
      We also have an ebook all about adjusting schedules that may help provide more information for you:
      I hope this helps and her sleep evens out soon. If not, let us know, we would be happy to help you further. Thank you!

  2. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Megan — awesome! That book contains lots of good info that I think will be helpful to you. 🙂

  3. Megan says

    Great, thanks so much! I will definitely check out the ebook.

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Megan — I’d say yes. Having a consistent bedtime and a consistent morning wake-up time is pretty key in establishing a daytime sleep and feeding schedule. Those two ‘fixed points’ are the first ones we encourage parents to work on.

    As for why there’s a variance in your son’s morning wake times: I’d say this isn’t abnormal, or unusual, for babies who still wake to eat at night. Things like age, development, illness, teething, growth spurts, etc. affect overall sleep amounts and can cause changes in sleep patterns.

    Hope this helps, Megan! For more info on helping your little guy sleep well, you can always check out our free guide, found here:

    Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  5. Megan says

    Should I be waking my 6 month old son up in the morning? I’m not sure how else to get him getting up at a consistent time. Some days he wakes to eat at 5:30 but then sleeps until 8, and other days he wakes up at 6:45 for the day. I put him to bed within the same 15 minute window every night, so I’m not sure what accounts for the difference in waking times.